Civil Rights & Social Justice

Justice Department Probes PA’s Voter ID Law

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation into Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law that, by some estimates, could disenfranchise nearly one in 10 eligible voters—mostly people of color, students, seniors and low-income voters.
The bill mirrors other voter suppression laws Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed in recent years based on model legislation from the extremist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
The Justice Department gave the state election officials 30 days to provide documents to back up the state’s claim that the new law does not discriminate. The law is due to go into effect for the November election.
While the backers claim such voter suppression laws combat voter fraud, in Pennsylvania and other states, there is little evidence of any significant voter fraud.
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